USDA Launches Strategy to Continue Conserving the Gopher Tortoise and its Critical Habitat

Clint Thompson USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released its new 5-year plan to conserve the Southeast’s threatened gopher tortoise by focusing on the conservation and restoration of its key habitat, the longleaf pine forests. Acting NRCS Chief Kevin Norton told Southeast AgNet the fate of the gopher tortoise is linked to habitat quality, and efforts …

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More CFAP Funding Possible After Labor Day

Clint Thompson USDA

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week hinted at more Coronavirus Food Assistance Program aid for farmers could be on the horizon. Perdue confirmed that the Department of Agriculture is considering “shortly after Labor Day” offering a second wave of CFAP relief during a press call. Funding for the next round of payments would come from the additional $14 billion Congress …

USDA/EPA Announce Next Generation Fertilizer Challenges

Clint Thompson Environment, USDA

On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges, a joint EPA-USDA partnership and competition to advance agricultural sustainability in the United States. The competition includes two challenges that seek proposals for new and existing fertilizer technologies to maintain or improve crop yields while reducing the impacts of …

Investigating Farmers to Families Food Box Program

Clint Thompson USDA

The House Coronavirus Crisis subcommittee seeks data on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program from the Department of Agriculture. Committee Chair, Representative James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, made the request in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Clyburn cited concerns of “questionable contracting practices, a lack of accountability, and a failure to deliver food to many …

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USMEF Conducting Educational Webinars for Red Meat Exporters

Clint Thompson Beef, Exports/Imports, Pork

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has been conducting monthly, web-based educational seminars for staff of its member companies. As Joe Schuele reports, these seminars are providing instructions for properly documenting and executing shipments of U.S. beef, pork and lamb to international destinations.

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More Funding for Food Box Program

Clint Thompson USDA

President Donald Trump announced on Monday an additional $1 billion for the Farmers to Families Food Box program. The Department of Agriculture announced the program earlier this year, along with $3 billion in funding to help farmers and consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the program, USDA purchases food from farmers, then local distributors pack and deliver the boxes to …

Annual Field Day Provides Growers Chance to See Research in Action

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia, Georgia Cotton Commission, Peanuts

The annual University of Georgia (UGA) Cotton and Peanut Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 9. While it will be a virtual event this year, the Georgia Cotton Commission and Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) encourage growers to attend and learn about the latest research regarding both row crops. Donald Chase, GPC Research Committee chairman, believes field days are an …

Northey Encourages Producers to Take USDA Survey

Clint Thompson USDA, USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA). Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill …

Beef Sector on the Road to Normalcy

Clint Thompson Beef, Beef, Industry

It was a little over three months ago that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was discussing the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the U.S. While it has taken some time, Gary Crawford reports the beef sector is gradually returning to some semblance of normalcy.  

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USDA Designates Toombs County, Georgia as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

Clint Thompson Georgia, USDA

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties Also Available United States Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2020 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Toombs County, Georgia, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses due to hail that occurred on April 8, 2020, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency …